Program Curriculum

Program Timeline

Timeline Summary

See calendar for important program dates

Quarter

Courses

Main Activities

Deadlines

 

Year One

Autumn Quarter

BCULST 500 Formations of Cultural Studies

  • Orientation
  • Introduction to the Portfolio
  • Portfolio Advisors (PA) assigned by faculty
  • Students schedule meeting with their PA to discuss overall plan, selection of first elective
  • Begin participation in Cultural Studies research conversation

Week 5: Meeting with PA by this time
Week 11: Register for BCULST 501 by first day of Winter Quarter

Calendar

 

Year One

Winter Quarter

BCULST 501 Cultural Studies as Collaboration

Elective

  • Students attend Career Panel along with Year 2 students.
  • Students schedule meeting with their PA to discuss progress, initial ideas for capstone (and potential capstone advisors) and selection of second elective.

Week 5: Meeting with PA by this time
Week 5 or 6: Attend Career Panel
Week 11: Register for BCULST 502 by first day of Spring Quarter

Calendar

 

Year One

Spring Quarter

BCULST 502 Cultural Studies Research Practices

Elective
  • Students work on (and eventually submit) first Portfolio Framing Essay.
  • Students schedule a meeting with PA to review draft of framing essay and to discuss plans for Year 2.
  • Students submit Capstone pre-proposals and advisor choices to the Grad Office.
  • Faculty make Capstone Advisor (CA) assignments.
  • Students schedule a meeting with their new CA to discuss plans and any Human Subjects Review requirements.
  • The add code for BCULST 510 (the Autumn Quarter required course) is sent to students once project approvals and advisor matches have been made by the faculty.

Week 3: Draft of first Portfolio Framing Essay due to PA at end of week
Week 5: Capstone pre-proposal and advisor choices due at end of week
Week 5: Meeting with PA by this time
Week 10: Submit first Portfolio Framing Essay by end of this week
Week 11: Register for BCULST 510 by first day of Autumn Quarter

Calendar

 

Year One

Summer Quarter

 
  • Students undertake any optional internships.
  • Students undertake any optional electives and/or directed research opportunities.
  • If relevant, students submit human subjects application to Internal Review Board (IRB)
  • If appropriate, students begin research, fieldwork, collection of materials, etc.
 

 

Year Two

Autumn Quarter

BCULST 510 Engaging Cultural Studies

Elective
  • Students schedule first of two meetings with CA to develop/finalize proposal.
  • Students meet with PA to discuss progress and plans for Winter Quarter options (i.e. electives and/or directed research).
  • Students submit Capstone proposal to CA.
  • Students schedule second meeting with CA to discuss plans for Winter Quarter (e.g. the directed research option)
  • Students submit pre-approved Capstone proposals to the Grad Office by the end of the quarter. Add codes for Winter Quarter (BCULST 511) are sent to students once proposals are approved.

Week 0 or 1: Meeting with CA before quarter starts or by end of first week
Week 5: Meeting with PA by this time
Week 5: Submit draft capstone proposal to CA by end of this week
Week 7: Meet with CA to discuss proposal and revisions
Week 9: Submit capstone proposal to capstone advisor by end of this week
Week 11: Submit capstone proposal and capstone proposal form to Grad Office by end of this week and register for BCULST 511 by first day of Winter Quarter

Calendar

 

Year Two

Winter Quarter

BCULST 511 Portfolio and Professional Development

Elective

Elective

or

BCULST 598 Directed Research

  • Students attend two collaborative writing workshops focused on developing their Portfolio and Capstone.
  • Students work independently on Capstone under the guidance of their CA and/or in the context of additional directed research credits.
  • Students attend Career Panel together with Year 1 students.
  • Students schedule meeting with PA to discuss general progress and plans for Spring Quarter

Week 1: Meeting with CA this week (if possible)
Week 2: Attend first portfolio and capstone workshop
Week 5 or 6: Attend second portfolio and capstone workshop which includes Career Panel with Year 1 students
Week 9 or 10: Meetings with PA and CA
Week 11: Attend third portfolio and capstone workshop

Calendar

 

Year Two

Spring Quarter

BCULST 512 Cultural Studies and its Publics

  • Students work together with 512 faculty instructor on designing, planning and staging the Cultural Studies Conference.
  • Students work on (and eventually submit) second Portfolio Framing Essay.
  • Students schedule a meeting with PA to review draft of framing essay and to discuss plans for the completion of the Portfolio.
  • Students present Capstone work at Cultural Studies Conference.
  • Students submit revised Portfolio Essay; PA evaluates and approves the essay.
  • Students submit final Capstone project; CA evaluates and approves the project.
  • PA evaluates and approves the finalized Portfolio, including the Capstone.
  • Following evaluation by PA, students submit finalized Portfolio to Graduate Office.
  • Students request graduation on the Grad School web site.

Week 5: Submit draft of second Portfolio Framing Essay by end of this week
Week 6: Attend Cultural Studies Conference
Week 10: Portfolio and capstone project submitted to CA and PA by end of this week
Week 10: Submit degree request by the end of this week
Week 11: Submit final versions of portfolio and capstone project to Grad Office by end of this week

Calendar